Friday, December 9, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
What a day it was. What began as an air attack, that fateful Sunday morning, was rightfully ended with the dropping of a single bomb on a Thursday just shy of five-years later.
And, in between was a whole lot of mayhem.
While the two, top photos are easily recognized as Hickam Field and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, the battleship shown (BB-43), is the U.S.S. Tennessee, which was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. It was also the boat my current neighbor served upon the duration of World War II.
While Frank was only 17-years old at the time, he lied about his age to get into the U.S. Navy and serve his country. Today, 17-year olds have a nervous breakdown if their iPhone batteries go dead. How times, and people, have changed.
We don't make 'em like my neighbor Frank, anymore. The people of his generation are passing-on, and the stories they told (and the values they held) may sadly die with them if we refuse to remember, and to honor, them.